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Ulster Bank may ask staff to paint

Staff at Ulster Bank could face the prospect of being asked to give up their free time to help fix-up branches, the Herald has learned.

Workers at Ulster Bank's UK-based parent Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) were this week asked to help out with "painting, tidying up and general DIY" in a bid to improve dilapidated branches.

A leaked internal memo says discussions about rolling out the scheme at Ulster Bank are underway, although sources in Dublin said there are no plans "at the present time" to introduce the initiative here.

Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA) general secretary Larry Broderick said he was not aware of a plan to launch 'Branch Force' here.